Altenew Educator Certification Program – Stencil technique

It seems a while since I posted but I’ve been busy learning new techniques, finishing paintings for gifts and my weekends have also been busy with parties, dinners…. The end of the school year is always quite hectic as we all try to cram and see each other before the 6 week summer break or say goodbye to those who are going back home or to their next adventure in a new country. Such is the life of an expat.

Colouring with Spectrum Noir

Today I’m sharing a card I made as part of my assignment for the Altenew Educator Certification program. I have 20 odd classes to create assignments for and this is only my 4th card but I hope to accelerate during my holidays when we visit my in-laws in Madrid for 3 weeks. Today’s assignment was to create a card using a technique taught during the Celebrations Stencil Technique course. There were so many techniques in that course so I went with the one I preferred the most, which was using embossing paste. As I wanted to use the colours in this month’s Altenew’s Inspiration challenge, I first coloured through the stencil using Momento’s London Fog before adding Lukas clear gel through it. I left the centre free of gel as I knew that’s where I wanted my flower to be.

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I removed the stencil and washed it immediately. While my card was drying, I took the outline stamp from Altenew’s Majestic Bloom & coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol Markers which I bought from Crafter’s Companion in the UK. I made a video to show how I blended the inks together and some tips on shading too. You can find the video at the end of my post. I also used my Prismacolor pencils to add more detail to the flower.

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See how the transparent gel shines in the light! I think this would be a great background for cooking type stamps too. So once the gel dried, I added my coloured flowers and leaves with Tonic Studio Funky glue stick. I stamped the birthday sentiment from The Project Bin on vellum, stuck it on with Scraperfect Best Glue ever which dries clear, and my card was finished!

As promised, the video of the colouring of the gorgeous stamp. Colouring with alcohol markers is one of the new techniques I’m learning as part of my personal challenge during the current 30 day colouring challenge hosted by Kathy over at The Daily Marker. Last year it was watercolours, so this year I decided to see what the hype was about alcohol markers. I wanted to get Copics but for the price of 10 Copics, I could get 24 Spectrum Noirs, so it was a no brainer and I’m soooo happy with them that I bought more and I now have 72, but just like clothes, its never enough!

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my card. I would love to know what you think. Have a great day and create something today too!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – I used Vellum, Use an older stamp, & Occasion

watercooler wed.jpg Watercooler Wednesday challenge – I went with Birthdays

my creative scoopMy Creative Scoop – Anything Goes with hand coloured image

altenew.jpgThe gorgeous pic from Altenew’s June Inspiration challenge

 

10 thoughts on “Altenew Educator Certification Program – Stencil technique

  1. So glad I saw your post today, just read an announcement that Spectrum Noir pens are going to be sold in NZ and will be available in a nationwide store that we have in our little town…I’m so excited!! I can’t afford Copics either (they are around $14 each here in New Zealand) so really keen to try them, especially after seeing your gorgeous card. The flower colours are stunning and love how you created the background, something else I’ve never tried before. Will have to watch your video again when I get the pens later this year so I know what to do. And thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge this month!

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    1. Thanks so much Shona, I’m so glad it was helpful to you. So happy they’re arriving in NZ. I really love them. I can’t tell you now how long they will last or if they last longer than the Copics but by the time you buy them, give me a shout and i’ll let you know.

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  2. A great card, Gwendolyn! I love that pretty shiny background! It really helps the focal flower ‘pop’! Good luck with all the assignments to finish! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week!

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  3. Well done on this video!! Your coloring is superb, Gwendolyn! I love the shine and textures from the stencil! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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